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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.XXX
Doctor :   May i help you?
User :   hi may i ask can i ask a few questions regarding my body donation ??
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   please
Doctor :   Cadaveric dissection is an important element of the teaching schedule in medical college
Doctor :   . It aids the medical students to understand human anatomy and consequently utilize this knowledge for their clinical subjects
Doctor :   . The surgeons also require is to update their knowledge
User :   may i ask im going to a ethunasia clinic this wendsday so will thay still accept my body for teaching ?
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   may i ask once im dead what is the process to get my body ready for them to use ??
Doctor :   A person in his life can express his will in writing and can convince his next kith and kin that after death his body may be donated. The dead body along with the death certificate/ declaration of death certificate should be transported within 3-5 hrs to the Department of Anatomy
Doctor :   there they will first wash the body
Doctor :   and immerse the body in formalin solution
User :   what sformalin solaction
Doctor :   If the body is brought in non-working hours, it may be temporarily kept in the Mortuary of the hospital which is open 24 hours on all days.
Doctor :   it is a body preservative
Doctor :   which prevents decomposition
User :   do thay have to put me in this soluction ?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   for body preservation
Doctor :   With advances in medical science, it's now possible to donate: * Organs (before and after death)
* Tissue (including skin, bone, corneas, heart valves, blood vessels and tendons)
* Bone marrow (before and after death)
* Your entire body, for medical research
User :   ihave been accepted as a whole body donation for teaching anatomy is this a good thing my body is going be used for ??
Doctor :   yes very good
Doctor :   you are doing a great service
Doctor :   to the medical world
Doctor :   and future physicians
User :   yes i hope i can teach them anatomy and thay may find sumthing intresting inside me
Doctor :   yes very sure
Doctor :   you are doing a great service
Doctor :   when the body is received from a funeral home and injected with a large dose of formalin, a chemical that replaces body fluids within the tissues and keeps it from decaying. This is necessary because it can take up to eight weeks for a full dissection of the body.
User :   can i ask there asked me if its ok to start useing my body for anatomy teaching this friday afternoon iv said yes but as im only goinng die wendsday is this too soon to be used
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   they will increase the formalin strength
Doctor :   to make it fast
User :   on firday when there ready to use my body where will thay take me and would i been fully clothed still ?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   for dissection they will remove the clothes
Doctor :   and body will be naked
Doctor :   then
Doctor :   it will be kept safely once the dissection is completed for the day
Doctor :   Body donation in the XXXis governed by the Human Tissue Authority under the auspices of the Human Tissue Act 2004. The HTA licenses and inspects establishments, such as medical schools, which teach anatomy using donated bodies. Under the Human Tissue Act, written consent must be given prior to death; consent cannot be given by anyone else after death.
User :   ok may i ask will thay be dissecting my reporductive organs too
Doctor :   yes
User :   may i ask how will this be done ?
Doctor :   they will use
Doctor :   a small scalpel and knife
Doctor :   and cut through the skin of scrotum
Doctor :   and see the testis
Doctor :   and also the penile shaft
Doctor :   will be cut to see the erectile tissues
User :   what can thay learn from it its only a penis
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   but it is composed of
Doctor :   erectile tissues
Doctor :   and to see that
Doctor :   it needs to be dissected
Doctor :   in some they dont do that
Doctor :   if specimen is available
Doctor :   from other cadavers
User :   may i ask as my penis is long as it hangs quit low i hope there be ok dissecting it
Doctor :   which every one can see
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   at most respect will be given to the body
User :   may i ask will thay be looking at my brain
Doctor :   yes very much
Doctor :   since it is very imp organ
Doctor :   of the body
Doctor :   and also to see the nervous tissues
User :   will thay see the tumor in the brain stem
Doctor :   yes sure
User :   may i ask how do thay get to my brain is it true my skull be smashed open ?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   it will be cut slowly using a motor cutter
Doctor :   that will
Doctor :   remove the cap
User :   how my head is coverd in heair and skin ?
Doctor :   of the skull
Doctor :   circumfrentially
Doctor :   no smashing open
Doctor :   since brain is very delicate
Doctor :   and soft to handle
User :   may i ask how do thay remove my spine
User :   may i ask how do thay remove my spine
Doctor :   they will cut open the
Doctor :   vertebrae
Doctor :   from inside the abdomen
Doctor :   after studying the
Doctor :   abdominal organs
Doctor :   and emptying the cavity
User :   ok
Doctor :   so be proud of your decision
Doctor :   medical society will hail you as a hero
User :   i am proud and happy that i be able to help them learn
Doctor :   yes very much
Doctor :   Great !!!!!!!
User :   it seems alot is involved to dissect me
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   a study group will be there
Doctor :   everything is done by very experienced anatomist
Doctor :   who will carefully do the dissections
User :   may i ask when i arrive where am i placed and how
Doctor :   you will be first
Doctor :   in the formalin box
Doctor :   for preservation
Doctor :   later on the dissection table/slab
Doctor :   for dissection
User :   how am i placed on the table ?
Doctor :   everything is done by attendants there
Doctor :   they will transport on a stretcher
Doctor :   and slowly place the body on table
User :   will my eyes be studyed ?
Doctor :   not necessarily
Doctor :   because it will be shrunken
Doctor :   only eye nerves will be seen
Doctor :   while doing brain dissection
Doctor :   eyes are usually not cut
User :   ok may i ask how can my pelvis be removed
Doctor :   pelvis will not be removed
Doctor :   it will be studied only
User :   ic are my legs dissected
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   not removed
User :   will the students be ok dissecting me as im 25 years old
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   they will love the dissection alot
Doctor :   since it is a new exp
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